Omara Portuondo's voice surprises U.S. critics; they're fond of saying it's "still sultry," as the New York Times did. The surprise is proof of the ridiculous idea we have here that women over the age of 35 have no libido -- how lucky we all are to have distinguished visitors such as Portuondo. As a featured performer in the Buena Vista Social Club, the Havana superstar became an international sensation. She's a wizard, a mage, and Sophia Loren rolled into one, but she got her start as a leggy Tropicana showgirl, so yeah, Times, she's "still" sultry.
Tue., Oct. 20, 8 p.m., 2009